The Knox Central Cross Country team celebrated an outstanding season on Thursday, Nov. 13. Led by coaches Gerald Wilder and Wesley Rieth, both the boys’ and girls’ teams featured standout athletes and, as has been all too common in the past, an unmatched measure of team camaraderie.
The girls team was led by team captain Caseylynn Brooks, a junior. Brooks notched yet another career PR (personal record) in the 5000 meters at 22:28, completing her fourth year in high school competition. Not far behind her in almost all of the races was Madison Gibson, a freshman. Gibson has repeatedly shown the work ethic and desire to continually improve, which became all too apparent this year with a 23:02 PR at the state meet.
Gibson and Brooks were joined by teammates Taylor Daniels, Reagan Trent, Tiffany Stewart, Rachel Brown, and Summer Milwee. Coach Gerald Wilder mentioned that, “these girls have all the potential to make a run at competing at state as a team next fall. They are all very capable athletes.”
The boys’ team featured the leadership of returning seniors Jesse Fugate and Matt Williams. Both showed the continued devotion, responsibility, and character necessary to manage a high-caliber team while setting some impressive PRs themselves.
Rookies Michael Lomio (senior), Dane Imel (8th), and Tyler Rice (junior) led the team athletically in an extremely competitive season. All three of these runners bagged PRs under the elusive 19:00 barrier, which added depth and consistency to the team. While the team’s goal of qualifying all members of the varsity squad for state evaded them by mere seconds this year, the pain of defeat has only added a stronger impetus to improve next year.
The boys’ cross country squad looks to become a powerhouse in Region 5 AA once again, and according to coach Wesley Rieth, both the team members and himself “will not settle for anything less than being a team that is feared on the starting line. We have immense potential to be a team that is not only competitive in our region, but also in the top 10 in the state.”
Team members Jared Saylor, Caleb Teague, Zak Willis, Jared Hurst, Brayden Elliott, Mitchell Trent, Isaac Brooks, Thomas Jackson, Patrick Leddington, Jordan Payne, Corey Rice, and Brandon Reed will look to improve upon the established successes of this team next fall.